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Allons! jeunes gens! - part of No.1, Introduction
from Act I of the French opera Roméo et Juliette by Charles-François Gounod
Libretto: Jules Barbier

Role: Lord Capulet, The head of the Capulet family
Voice Part: bass       Fach: lyric bass
Setting: The Capulet's ballroom, Verona, Italy, 14th century
Synopsis: Capulet encourages his guests to dance and enjoy themselves at his party
Range: Tessitura:
D3 - F4F3 - D4
Translations/Aria Texts:
Translation into English by Lea Frey (added 1998-08-12)
Allons! jeunes gens!  Lord Capulet's aria from Romeo et Juliette

Allons! jeunes gens; 			Let's go, young men! 
allons belles dames! 			Let's go, fair ladies!
Aux plus diligents			To the most diligent (ones)
Ces yeux pleins de flammes!		These eyes full of flames!
Ces yeux pleins de flammes!		These eyes full of flames!
Nargue, nargue des censeurs		Contempt, contempt for the censors	
Qui grondent sans cesse!		Who scold without ceasing!
Fêtez la jeunesse			Celebrate youth 
Et place aux danseurs!	 		and (save)  place for the dancers!
Qui reste à sa place, et ne danse pas,	Whoever stays in place and doesn't dance,
De quelque disgrâce			Of some disgrace
Fait l'aveu tout bas.			Makes a quiet confession.
Qui reste à sa place, et ne danse pas,	Whoever stays in place and doesn't dance,
De quelque disgrâce			Of some disgrace
Fait l'aveu tout bas.			Makes a quiet confession.
Ô regret extrême!			Oh, extreme regret!
Quand j'étais moins vieux,		When I was less old
Je guidais moi-même			I lead myself
Vos ébats joyeux!			Your joyous frolickings!
Les douces paroles			Sweet words
Ne me coutaient rien!			Cost me nothing!
Que d'aveux frivoles			Such frivolous confessions
Dont je m'en souviens!			That I remember!
O folles années				Oh wild years
Qu'emporte le temps!			Which time carries away!
O fleurs du printemps			O, flowers of springtime
A jamais fanées!			Forever wilted!

Translated by Lea Frey (blfrey@earthlink.net)
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